This is the one hundred and thirtieth release from Big Finish in their range of audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. This one stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven, and sees a welcome return to the range for Tracey Childs as Klein, the Nazi scientist stranded in our timeline by the Doctor in the twenty fifth release, Colditz. The release has four episodes, two episodes per disc on two discs. Each episode is 25-30 minutes long and has cliffhanger endings and original theme music between each episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of disc one, and the end of disc two features the second to last ten minute segment of the Three Companions, in which the story appears to be coming to a thrilling climax.
A Thousand Tiny Wings is the first of a trilogy of stories featuring Klein, patiently waiting and desperate to restore her own time line, in which the Nazis won the second world war. She is in Kenya in the early `50s, trapped in a house with an assortment of upper class English Ladies and living in fear of attack from the Mau Mau. But why is she there? Enter the Doctor, travelling alone and arriving quite by chance. He and Klein reluctantly team up, to fight not only the very real threat of the Mau Mau, but also a hidden threat that is far more insidious and frightening, and forces Klein to confront some of her own beliefs.
This is a superbly written, directed and acted drama that really delivers on all fronts. From the tense drama of the house under siege and the paranoia that situation engenders, through to the well developed other threat, and finally the excellent characterisations and especially the philosophical arguments between Klein and the Doctor, the story hangs together really well. Childs and McCoy really get their teeth into their roles, and the constant debate between the two as the Doctor tries to change Klein's world view is a real joy to listen to. The directon is excellent, building up the tension and pacing the dram nicely, and the sound production is superb, really giving the piece a feeling of time and place.
I have to say that this is a superb release from Big Finish, 5 stars.